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Dog-Riding Monkeys Herding Goats Is A Pretty Cool Minor League Promotion

God I love that video. Using Rush as the soundtrack music really ties the entire thing together, doesn’t it? At the same time, a moment of much-needed levity: Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey says, “These damned monkeys are stealing my bit!” Except, you know, in monkey-speak, because as far as I know, monkeys can’t speak English. At least most of them.

In perhaps on of the more original promotions ever trotted out by a minor league baseball team – and that is a considerable feat – the Lowell Spinners, the Short-Season A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, have added Team Ghost Riders, which consists of monkeys riding dogs and herding goats, to their 2011 promotional schedule. The event not to be missed will take place on July 19th.

Some information on the aforementioned Team Ghost Riders, from the Spinners’ site (via Off the Bench):

Led by professional rodeo cowboy Tim “WILD THANG” Lepard, Team Ghost Riders is a group of sheep dogs and monkeys, who team together to provide one of the most entertaining traveling acts you will ever see.

After a career as a bull rider resulted in a number of injuries, Lepard decided a change of careers was in order and found such an act with three dogs and three monkeys.

“Working with and training animals involves a lot of hard work,” explained Lepard on his Website. “Traveling across the United States with animals requires even more dedication and responsibility. The animals are like family and require 24/7 care to ensure their well-being. When I see the crowd smiling and hear the laughter, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

Man, ain’t that the way of the professional rodeo cowboy: one day, you’re on top of the world, riding bulls, the next, you’re the ringleader of a ragtag crew of monkeys who herd goats while riding dogs. If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a thousand times.

Cowboy Rodeo Visits LeLacheur Park July 19 [Lowell Spinners Official Site (via Off the Bench)]